Easter, wrongful convictions, and the death penalty

Easter is very relevant to criminal justice – the Easter story is the story of a revolutionary who was persecuted, wrongfully convicted, and executed by an overpowering government which had no checks and balances. There were a few thought provoking Easter posts from around the blogosphere today:
Scott Henson at Grits for Breakfast writes about the criminal justice themes hidden in plain sight within the Easter story – Jesus, the Son of God, was killed for his beliefs, while living by the laws of men all the way to the bittersweet end, and “is the all-time poster child for the innocence movement.”

Christmas is a story about family. Easter is a story about a wrongful criminal conviction, the misapplication of the death penalty, the overweening power of the state, and the irrepressible urge of humanity to resist it.

Paul Kennedy at the Defense Rests writes about how “Jesus was a revolutionary who was killed because he represented a threat to the state.”

And that’s just what Jesus did. He stirred up the masses with his parables of the ways in which the people were being oppressed by the Romans. He inflamed passions with his parable of the ways in which the high priests collaborated with the Romans. He taught the masses the importance of being self-sufficient.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. — Matthew 5:5
Those are the words of a revolutionary. . . These ideas were a threat to the status quo and to those who benefited from the way things were. Jesus had to die – his mere presence was a threat to the high priests.

Finally, at the risk of alienating all Christian readers of this blog, I share with you Ken Gibson’s zombie apocalyptic version of the Easter story over at the Windypundit Mark Draughn’s blog.
Edit: I edited this post after Mark Bennett pointed out in the comments that the original content was not originally from a listserve member as I had thought, but was in fact Grits for Breakfast’s post in it’s entirety.

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